bird spraying and humping?

by meg
(mt pleasant, MI)


HellO! my boyfriend and I have a conure and He tends to like me way better. Everytime i leave the room he starts screeching. When he screeches we put him in his cage and let him chill out for a bit. All that seems to do is make him more frustrated because he is not with me. If we are in the same room or in his sight he doesn't squawk as bad, but if we leave the room he is very annoying.

I dont' want to encourage his squaking by picking him up and consoling him. I have heard that spraying birds with a water bottle (like with dogs) is a good idea to discipline, but i want to make sure that is a good idea before i do it. Is there another way to make him relax when he's in his cage and we can't be with him?

I've heard that we should try doing things around the cage while he is in there, then he wouldn't be so angry about being in his cage. It doesn't seem to be working. :*(

secondly, he does this weird "humping" thing to my boyfriend and i...he rubs his butt on our hands. I pull away when he does it. Is this sexual or just some wierd habit he has?

thanks so much!

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Jun 18, 2008
Bird wanting to mate
by: Tracie

Hello Meg,

My blog software does not allow long posts, so I am going to encourage you to read some of the articles under Parrot Training. You will see a navigation button for them on your left.

Your bird screeches when you leave because you are a part of his flock and that is just how birds are meant to be. You can work with him and teach him a new way to communicate, maybe a whistle or something, but he will still want you and will do whatever it takes to get your attention.

Try spending some time with him, and then give him a treat or something to keep him busy when you are going to leave him alone for a time. Tell him, "bye" and then make sure he can't hear you in another room if you want him to be quiet for awhile.

I would not spray the bird with water. You want your bird to trust and love you and again, it isn't the bird's fault that his flock doesn't want to be with him. (Not trying to make you feel guilty here, just stating the facts.)

It does sound like a sexual thing when the bird is rubbing on you. It is good you do not encourage this. Telling him "no" and putting him back in the cage is good, since you can not be his mate.

I hope this all works out for you.

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